Pool Day Staycations

Places where you can lounge by the pool for a day and enjoy other warm-weather activities.

While summer travel is always marvelous, sometimes we just don’t feel like packing away half of our household, battling traffic and paying the price of hotel stays. There are several local places that feel like a vacation, with minimal planning stress involved. If you love the water, but hate the sand, then this pool round-up is for you.


The place: Hillside Country Club, 82 Hillside Ave., Rehoboth, 508-252-9761, hillsidecountryclub.com

Amenities: Take a day off from work, and dad can golf while mom and the kids enjoy the pool, or couples and friends can do both in one day. The nine-hole course can be played in about two hours. Lounge by the outdoor, kid-friendly pool for just $10 a day (open to the public Mon.–Fri.; call on weekends, as it is based on membership). The pool boasts two waterslides and a kids area with a cascading mushroom fountain. Hillside also has an immaculate spa where you can schedule a massage in a private room, or a mani and pedi in front of picture windows that overlook the course. Finish the day with lunch or dinner and cocktails at the on-site restaurant La Collina or outdoor, course-side tikki bar.

The scene: A family-friendly place on the course and by the pool (open every day 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. through Labor Day), but also perfect for a guys or gals day out, and bachelor and bachelorette parties.

The price: Golf nine holes for $12–$34/day, depending on day and time of the week and cart options. Spend time at the pool for $10/day per person Mon.–Fri. Or choose a package, like the Wine and Dine plus Nine: Nine holes of golf for two with a cart, two entrees and a bottle of wine in the restaurant for $110.

Photo from Aqua website.

The place: Aqua at the Marriott Providence Downtown, 1 Orms St., Providence, 401-272-2400, marriottprovidence.com/aqua.aspx

Amenities: Lounge by the upscale pool with cocktails and lunch, or spend an evening poolside with friends by the fire pits. You can also reserve cabanas (additional fee) or schedule outdoor spa treatments through the on-site G Salon and Spa.

The scene: A relaxed paradise that incorporates swimming, dining and cocktails. Al fresco fish tacos are served at Aqua’s new grilling station. Available Thurs. and Fri. from 4−8 p.m.; Sat., 11:30 a.m.−8 p.m. and Sun. 11:30 a.m.−4 p.m.  Every Thursday, there’s a margarita special for $5.95. Please note: the pool is shared by hotel guests.

The price: Day passes (wristbands) for the pool are available for purchase at the front desk at the Providence Marriott Downtown. $30 per person includes a $5 food credit to Aqua. Pool access available Mon.–Thurs., 10 a.m.−4 p.m.; no weekends. Complimentary parking.

Photo from Last Resort facebook page.

The Place: The Last Resort, 325 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, 401-349-3500, thelastresortri.com

Amenities: The Vegas-style adult pool party atmosphere you've been searching for in Rhode Island. The pool opens at 11 a.m. every day and you can swim until sundown while enjoying food and cocktails on the patio. The party continues into the night with deejays and live bands. Some nights they'll perform outdoors by the pool, and entertainment continues later on inside the bar. Stop by for the poolside after work parties on Fridays starting at 6 p.m., followed by bands inside at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday nights, bands perform inside at 9:30 p.m., and poolside on Sundays from 3-7 p.m. The inside bar is always open until 1 a.m. Deejays spin dance music outside on Thursdays from 6–10 p.m., Fridays from 2–6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon–8 p.m.

The scene: The post-college crowd kicks back with live music, deejays spinning dance music, volleyball games, pool tables and more. The Last Resort is equipped with lounge chairs, so just bring your suit, sunblock and a towel and jump on in. At night, they light the fire pits. Please note: The pool area is twenty-one-plus only after 3 p.m., but children are allowed to swim with family members Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Children are always allowed for dining.

The price: $10 per person cover charge to use the pool for the day. Cover charge for bands is usually $5. The pool will be open through the end of October, with bands scheduled to play outside through Columbus Day.

Photo from newport.hyatt.com.

The place: Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Newport, 1 Goat Island, Newport, 401-851-1234, newport.hyatt.com

Amenities: If you book a spa treatment at the Stillwater Spa, your appointment comes with all-day access to the fitness center, sauna and indoor and outdoor pool. You can truly make a relaxing and invigorating day out of your visit. Book a treatment, work out at the twenty-four-hour fitness center, use the Vichy shower and eucalyptus sauna, then head to the outdoor saltwater pool for a dip and a nap.

The scene: The pool overlooks the Bay and the Pell Bridge, and you cannot find a more beautiful panorama of the City by the Sea. Stay for the sunset and enjoy cocktails and dinner at Pineapples on the Bay, an outdoor restaurant also overlooking the water.

The price: You have to be a hotel guest to use the pool, or book a treatment at the Stillwater Spa. Day passes are not available.